Beet & Basil at the Creek (Sandpoint, Idaho)

Since their launch in 2016, Beet & Basil has quickly gained popularity as a unique food truck in Sandpoint, offering flavorful cuisine from around the world. In 2017 they established a permanent location on Sandpoint’s main strip in what used to be the Inn at Sand Creek.

From their celebrated banh mi sandwich to a variety of noodle bowls, seared salmon, rotating soups and salads, and a diverse selection of small and shared plates, their dishes take you from Korea, to Japan, China, Vietnam, Peru, Cuba, and home again. There is nothing bland on this menu. Each dish is full of rich flavor, balanced spice, and delicate complexity.

While I’ve enjoyed street tacos and salads from the Beet & Basil truck in the past, sitting down at their fully-stocked bar with a glass of wine was an elevated B&B experience. We ordered small plates so we could sample a range of foods. The grilled garlic butter naan was soft and toasty at the same time, and the curry dipping sauce made it delectably perfect. The lamb empanadas were balanced melody of rich filling and light pastry. I often enjoy the Japanese spice togarashi on ramen and other Japanese foods, but Beet & Basil makes their own version for their “blackened” fried Brussels sprouts. I do make a delicious pan of fried Brussels sprouts at home, but they have never tasted as satisfying and irresistible as these. This place is a refreshing change from the abundance of pub food, albeit good pub food, that permeates North Idaho. //

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